January 03, 2008
HRC nod for HRC?
Posted by: Chris
Not so, says Brad Luna, the Human Rights Campaign spokesman, kiboshing my suggestion that the national gay rights group is working behind the scenes in both Iowa and New Hampshire for that other HRC, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Brad, who really is an all-around great guy when we're not butting heads about his employer, had this to say to me in an email exchange:
You have a post up [saying] that HRC is already supporting Hillary Clinton. You point to two Human Rights Campaign supporters in N.H. throwing her a party as an example of this belief.
Supporters of HRC do not represent the views of the organization –- we have HRC supporters going for Obama, Clinton, and Edwards. Supporters and board members are supporting candidates and that is what is being discussed in this news article. It is simply wrong for you to frame it otherwise.
I asked why HRC is spending resources on a primary battle if it's not supporting anyone and wondered whether his organization will be picking a candidate before the party nominees are clear. Luna replied:
We have staffers in Iowa and N.H. because invigorating the GLBT community to be a part of this process is important. Just as we did with our candidate survey and Logo/HRC forum, it is important that our community (and our issues) remain front and center, regardless of the nominee.
We won't be endorsing anyone until there are clear nominees.
Fair enough, and I've said before, the candidate survey and forum (while imperfect) were tremendously helpful to gay voters and to putting the candidates on record on our issues.
Still, the skeptic (cynic?) in me can't help wondering whether an organization with Joe Solmonese, Hillary Rosen and Mary Breslauer at the reins would be jumping into the Iowa/N.H. fray if they didn't believe two-thirds of GLB voters support Hillary.
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